Just a couple of days after completing his signing, Liverpool’s new addition Dominic Solanke made his first appearance with the club in a friendly match against Tranmere, which finished four goals to nil in Liverpool’s favor. Solanke, who is English born, was embraced by his new manager, Jurgen Klopp, after the game. Klopp expressed his hope that Solanke would be able to perform once the English Premier League season comes around.
The 19-year-old arrives after his contract with Chelsea expired. Liverpool had begun discussions with Solanke back in May, but the deal was not completed until just this Monday. One detail still under consideration is how much Liverpool will have to compensate Chelsea as part of a Premier League rule for transactions of players at Solanke’s age. It is expected to be somewhere between two and three million pounds, yet to be decided by a Premier League body.
“It feels amazing and everyone has made me feel welcome already,” Solanke said in an interview with Liverpool’s club website. Solanke is one of the hottest young prospects on the market, coming off of a Golden Ball in the Under-20 World Cup, which helped England to finish as the overall winners of the tournament. At Chelsea, he only made one appearance with the senior team in 2014, before getting loaned out to Vitesse Arnhem for two seasons. He was successful with the Dutch club, scoring seven goals in 25 appearances in the Eredivisie last season.
Other news coming out of the friendly was the return of Jordan Henderson, who had been sidelined with an injury since February. Daniel Sturridge and James Milner were some of the other starters who made appearances at the match. Milner was the man who kicked off the scoring fest against Tranmere. Liverpool will face Wigan on Friday before heading to Hong Kong for the Premier League Asia Trophy.